International Law and International Politics


International Law and International Politics

Foundations of Interdisciplinary Analysis

9781839106439 Edward Elgar Publishing
Alexander Orakhelashvili, Professor, School of Law, University of Birmingham, UK
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 643 9 Extent: 320 pp
This illuminating book explores a multitude of areas in which law and politics intersect on the international plane, providing a comprehensive analysis of the foundations on which both international law and politics rest. The book examines both disciplines’ mutual interaction in more specific areas such as public authority, global space, and peace.

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This illuminating monograph examines analytical and practical aspects of the relationship between international law and international politics, providing a comprehensive analysis of the foundations on which both the international legal system and international politics rest.

With an interdisciplinary perspective, Alexander Orakhelashvili compares and contrasts the methods of international legal reasoning with international relations as a discipline, focusing on timeless and central issues that connect the past, present and future. The book examines, through the use of both disciplines’ methodology, some more specific areas such as public authority, global space, and peace, with the overall outcome that political contempt towards the international legal system could have unexpected and costly adverse political consequences.

Examining a broad range of theories and literature, International Law and International Politics will be an invigorating read for academics, students and practitioners of international law, international relations, politics, and diplomacy.
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‘Alexander Orakhelashvili’s International Law and International Politics is a courageous endeavour to find common ground between the disciplines of international law and international relations. While both disciplines study the same phenomena, in terms of methodological approach, they may sometimes seem worlds apart. Intriguingly, Dr Orakhelashvili shows that the dominant theoretical streams in international law and international relations, namely legal positivism and political realism, are in fact based on the same rationales.’
– Cedric Ryngaert, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Contents: Introduction 1. State as basic units 2. Law, power and politics 3. The foundational framework 4. Models of authority and governance 5. Law, power and global space 6. Peace and war Conclusion Index
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